Implants whether single or multiple can restore not only your smile, but function. There are several ways to replace a missing tooth however, implants are considered to be the gold standard. This is because they integrate into the bone and become a part of your body, as well as preserving the neighbouring teeth. They have the potential to last a lifetime if properly looked after!
Dental implants are placed surgically into the jaw bone, this initiates multiple reactions inside the body, causing the bone to grow around the implant, and the gum healing around the collar. Implants themselves can also help preserve the jaw bone, by stimulating the bone which would otherwise be lost.
An initial assessment will be conducted by your treating dentist, or treatment coordinator where we will run you through all options available to replace the missing tooth. Everyone’s body is different, and so it is important that we provide a treatment tailored too you.
We will then take an intraoral scan as well as a CBCT to plan your treatment with our dental lab. At The Church Street Dental Practice, we want to give you an accurate look at what the result will be before you embark on this journey.
Post surgery, healing times will depend on the area of the mouth, and the age of the patient, however most patients will be ready for the final restoration 3 months after the surgery.
At Church Street Dental, we offer two treatment options using dental implants. After a full dental examination and implant assessment our cosmetic dental team will explain which option is best for you.
Option 1: Implant Retained Bridge All on Four. This involves the bridge being screwed into the 4 implants placed. With this treatment, you will also leave the surgery on the day with a fixed Temporary Bridge so you’ll never be without teeth!
Option 2: Implant Retained Denture. This involves the denture being held in place by the implants, but is to be removed twice a day (Morning and Evening) to be cleaned.
The treatment option decision is based on a multitude of reasons, however the main issue being your medical history.
Some patients are simple not the right candidate for a fixed option, and an implant retained denture is more likely to last the test of time.